Stay Safe During a Hurricane
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- If told to evacuate by local officials, do so immediately.
Dealing with the Weather
- Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
- Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
- If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don't Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
- If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19.
- Be prepared to take cleaning items with you like soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces you may need to touch regularly.
- Maintain at least 6 feet between you and persons not part of your immediate family while at the shelter [by avoiding crowds or gathering in groups] as much as possible.
- Anyone over 2 years old should use a cloth face covering while at these facilities.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
Returning Home After a Hurricane
- Listen to local officials for information and special instructions.
- Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
- Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
- Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
- Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.
- Ready Campaign Public Service Announcements - COVID-19
- Storm Surge Public Service Announcements (FEMA) (Video)
- FEMA Accessible:Hurricane Safety Messages (FEMA) (Video)
- Important Things to Know Before a Disaster (FEMA) (Video)
- When the Waves Swell – Hurricane Animated (FEMA) (Video)
- National Weather Service 2020 Hurricane Preparedness Week (NWS) (Link)
- Coronavirus (Federal Government Response) (Link)
- Ad Council Coronavirus Response Toolkit (Link)
- Flood Map Service Center (FEMA) (Link)
- Floodsmart.gov (FEMA) (Link)
- National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA) (Link)
- National Storm Surge Hazard Maps (NOAA) (Link)
- The Cuero Record/Yorktown News-Views – Hurricane Preparedness Guide - https://etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/crecord2010//Magazine280457/Full/index.aspx?II=280457
- The Victoria Advocate Hurricane Central - https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/hurricane_central/
- CrossroadsToday.com (local TV) – Hurricane Tracker - https://www.crossroadstoday.com/weather/hurricane/
- Weather Channel - https://weather.com/storms/hurricane
- National Weather Service - Cuero
- National Weather Service - Victoria
When a hurricane threatens your area, evacuating is the smartest move. Know where your family will go when evacuation orders are posted. Do not ride out a hurricane in a car. Do not take risks that would place your or your family in danger.
The American Red Cross is responsible for providing shelters; however, no Red Cross shelters will be provided in Dewitt County for hurricane evacuees. People needing shelter will most likely be directed to Red Cross shelters in San Antonio.
People needing transportation to shelters should register now by calling 211.